Embrace proactive security with Zero Trust

Real-world deployments and attacks are shaping the future of Zero Trust. Our framework, key trends, and maturity model can accelerate your journey.

Embrace proactive security with Zero Trust

Real-world deployments and attacks are shaping the future of Zero Trust. Our framework, key trends, and maturity model can accelerate your journey.

Why Zero Trust

Today’s organizations need a new security model that more effectively adapts to the complexity of the modern environment, embraces the hybrid workplace, and protects people, devices, apps, and data wherever they’re located.

Productivity everywhere

Empower your users to work more securely anywhere and anytime, on any device.

Cloud migration

Enable digital transformation with intelligent security for today’s complex environment.

Risk mitigation

Close security gaps and minimize risk of lateral movement.

Zero Trust principles

Verify explicitly

Always authenticate and authorize based on all available data points, including user identity, location, device health, service or workload, data classification, and anomalies.

Use least-privilege access

Limit user access with just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), risk-based adaptive polices, and data protection to help secure both data and productivity.

Assume breach

Minimize blast radius and segment access. Verify end-to-end encryption and use analytics to get visibility, drive threat detection, and improve defenses.

Be more efficient

Save up to 60 percent by using comprehensive Microsoft Security rather than multiple point solutions.1

What’s next in your Zero Trust journey?

Assess the Zero Trust maturity stage of your organization and receive targeted milestone guidance, plus a curated list of resources and solutions to move forward in your comprehensive security posture.

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Zero Trust defined

Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the Zero Trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network. Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” Every access request is fully authenticated, authorized, and encrypted before granting access. Microsegmentation and least-privilege access principles are applied to minimize lateral movement. Rich intelligence and analytics are utilized to detect and respond to anomalies in real time.

Zero Trust defense areas

Demos and expert insights

Discover how customers are making Zero Trust a reality

A holistic approach to Zero Trust should extend to your entire digital estate—inclusive of identities, endpoints, network, data, apps, and infrastructure. Zero Trust architecture serves as a comprehensive end-to-end strategy and requires integration across the elements.

The foundation of Zero Trust security is identities. Both human and non-human identities need strong authorization, connecting from either personal or corporate endpoints with compliant devices,  requesting access based on strong policies grounded in Zero Trust principles of explicit verification, least-privilege access, and assumed breach.
As a unified policy enforcement, the Zero Trust policy intercepts the request, explicitly verifies signals from all six foundational elements based on policy configuration, and enforces least-privilege access. Signals include the role of the user, location, device compliance, data sensitivity, and application sensitivity. In additional to telemetry and state information, the risk assessment from threat protection feeds into the policy engine to automatically respond to threats in real time. Policy is enforced at the time of access and continuously evaluated throughout the session.

This policy is further enhanced by policy optimization. Governance and compliance are critical to a strong Zero Trust implementation. Security posture assessment and productivity optimization are necessary to measure the telemetry throughout the services and systems.

The telemetry and analytics feeds into the threat protection system. Large amounts of telemetry and analytics enriched by threat intelligent generates high-quality risk assessments that can either be manually investigated or automated. Attacks happen at cloud speed and because humans can’t react quickly enough or sift through all the risks, your defense systems must also act at cloud speed. The risk assessment feeds into the policy engine for real-time automated threat protection and additional manual investigation if needed.

Traffic filtering and segmentation is applied to the evaluation and enforcement from the Zero Trust policy before access is granted to any public or private network.

Data classification, labeling, and encryption should be applied to emails, documents, and structured data. Access to apps should be adaptive, whether SaaS or on-premises. Runtime control is applied to infrastructure with serverless, containers, IaaS, PaaS, and internal sites with just-in-time (JIT) and version controls actively engaged.

Finally, telemetry, analytics, and assessment from the network, data, apps, and infrastructure are fed back into the policy optimization and threat protection systems.

More resources

Zero Trust security blogs

Learn about the latest trends in Zero Trust in cybersecurity from Microsoft.

CISO blog series

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U.S. Executive Order

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Security partners

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Zero Trust solutions

Learn about Microsoft solutions that support Zero Trust.​